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  • I just passed through there a week or 2 ago and photographed your sketch; was going to share the photo with you, post TransAm. I loved the bike camp, and was sad to hear its creator passed. Bill sounded like a kind, dedicated man and an incredible addition to the cycling community. I’m sorry I didn’t get to meet him, but the bike camp shows how much he cared.

    July 05, 2012
  • Hey Patrice. Thanks for writing in. Bill was a great guy. We’ll have to dig up our short impromptu interview with him and post it. Looks like you gals are having a blast on your trip. Those headwinds sound like some mean ones. Keep pedaling.

    R

    July 05, 2012
  • MK

    Bill was agood friend of mine in Twin Bridges. Thank you for your article and the pictures. I will send them to his sister. He is greatly missed.

    July 05, 2012
  • Corey D

    I rode through about this time last year, and was excited to finally be able to stay at the Twin Bridges bike camp after hearing about it for over a year. I was pleasantly surprised at how well kept and fully loaded it was, and was a perfect place to call it a day after a tough day battling headwinds. I probably wouldn’t have stopped in Twin Bridges if not for bike camp.

    Thanks to Bill for Building Bike Camp, and thanks to the community of Twin Bridges, who supported and believed in Bill’s vision. He will be missed!

    Corey Dalpee
    TransAm rider, 2011

    July 05, 2012
  • Bill Pinegar

    To his new friends from Bike Camp & Twin Bridges, thanks for remembering Bill, I knew him in High School in Manchester (near Akron) and he was a bright, creative, hardworking guy. My best memory though comes years later when Bruce, Ron, and I spent a week in Twin Bridges at Bill’s. He was an unbelievable host! We had a memorable time in 2008! He really loved that town! I expect that was Norm’s place where you had the coffee with Bill. After the trip there, I learned of Bill’s idea to build a Bike Camp (I enjoy cycling). Bill was very excited about and proud of that Bike Camp, even though his knees wouldn’t let him ride one! I haven’t seen Bike Camp personally yet, but you can bet I will! I am certain it is a perfect memorial for him! He is missed every day!

    July 17, 2012
  • Doug Warner

    I heard about the Bike Camp in 2009 and centered my bike trip around it in 2010. It was a 200+ mile self-supported trip with my family on the road train: a tandem for my wife and I, a tag-along for my 6 year old, and a trailer for my 3 year old. We spent close to a day (a full 3 meals) in Twin Bridges and happened to have the chance to talk with Bill shortly after arriving. He was a great visionary and told me some great stories about getting the Camp started–and how he turned his greatest detractors into his biggest advocates. We need more people like Bill. He took a nice town like Twin Bridges and made it something very special.

    July 18, 2012
  • My son Jesse and I met Bill in the street near the above mentioned coffee shop on August 9, 2011. He wanted to make sure we knew about the camp and informed us he built it. I was so inspired by the experience of meeting the Mayor and Bill, and having such a tailor made place to stay, that I’m actually trying to have a similar camp created in my home town. We have the confluence of three major road bike routes here as well as a 100+ mile rail trail all intersecting the same road within a mile or so… Seems like the perfect spot to me!

    July 18, 2012
  • Susan Mackey

    I live close by in Butte, Montana. I often cycle to Twin Bridges for breakfast or ice cream. I love that Bill had the vision and perserverance to build the bike camp facility. We are starting a statewide organization to support and grow walking and bicycling in Montana, and this bike camp facility is what it is all about. I am sure many cyclists will stop and stay, and support the bke camp. Many thanks to Bill and all who support cycling in their communities.

    July 19, 2012
  • Holly

    Thanks for the story. As soon as I started to read it I felt I knew Bill. He grew up in Manchester, Ohio, and I grew up in Ashland, Ohio but went to college in Akron. Lately a lot of things have been reminding me that life is about living, not about what we are getting done. Every time I put my foot over the seat of my bike and start to ride I’m reminded of the gift of my life and all I can do.

    July 19, 2012
  • David Mohseni

    We stayed there 2 weeks ago while riding the Lewis and Clark trail. We were so grateful to be there for the night and to have showers. It was wonderful to have bike lanes in town too. A special refuge for bikers traveling through. More little towns should be like this! Thank you.

    July 19, 2012
  • Dave Z

    How sad. I rode part of the Trans Am in ’00. Stayed in Dillon. While I did have breakfast at the Blue Anchor the next morning, I otherwise passed through town. Last year, my girlfriend and I stayed at the Bike Camp on July 4th–a year and a day after the date of this entry–during a 9-day loop tour out of Missoula. We came over the Melrose Bench Road after spending the night at Divide Bridge. We loved the place and actually got to meet someone involved with the facility when he came to empty the “iron ranger.” Three other people stayed that night; a lone fellow heading back to the midwest and a German couple heading west on the Trans Am route. That night, we watched fireworks in comfy chairs safe from the ravenous mosquitoes. While many of the businesses in town were closed for the holiday, we (happily) dropped some serious coin between the Wagon Wheel, the grocery store, (bought some salmon to grill, among other things), the laundry and the family with the coffee and sandwich “hut” behind their house. We also left a nice donation to support continued operations. I wish the Bike Camp continued success and recommend it to anyone who I know will be passing through Twin Bridges.

    July 23, 2012
  • What I love about all these comments is how they show he was right — his Bike Camp got more people to stop in his town and spend their money with local merchants. Other towns (and I really mean volunteer groups) could learn a lot from this and do so much good for their area. As a group, we cyclists do spend a lot of money, even when ‘just camping.’

    July 28, 2012
  • Jevon

    Your sketch is still there, got a small swipe from someone writing about rainbow gathering but mostly intact.

    July 18, 2013

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